Twyford, July 15 '17 (home)

The top-of-the-table clash between 'Parish and Twyford resulted in a strangely low scoring affair, the bowlers on both sides dominating and Twyford emerging victorious to consolidate their position in first place while 'Parish, still in second even after this result, are now looking nervously back at the teams clustered just below them in the league table.

Matches between these teams are rare, the last encounter being back in the shocking season of 2008 when all sorts of injury and illness issues resulted in 'Parish having a year to forget. Given the youthful composition of the Twyford team that arrived at the Memorial Ground last Saturday, it's doubtful many of them remember 2008 in any great detail! (For those who want to remind themselves of that previous match, details are available through the 2008 match resports link on the Archive page.)

But back to the present day, and having won the toss, Twyford elected to have a bat. While Barney opened down the hill, experimenting with a full variety of lines and lengths, Darbs rolled in up the hill and was altogether more consistent and accurate. Inevitably, given the way 'Parish wicket taking tends to be distributed, it was the variations of Barney rather than Tim's accuracy, that resulted in the initial breakthroughs, a chipped caught and bowled being followed by the dangerous Reidy being bowled for nought as a long-hop clipped the stumps on its way back down. Despite his wickets, an economy rate of 5 an over was too much for captain Bartelli to take, and Barney was withdrawn from the attack to be replaced by Turkleton while a double change saw JD take over from Darbs.

Jim struck in his third over, West hitting a half volley straight to Darbs at cover, while Glyn made further inroads at the other end, keeping tight lines and lengths and being rewarded with the wickets of Askew LBW and McKenzie, somewhat unluckily caught behind down the leg side. A terrific catch from Tom, and perhaps further evidence that it's often not the good balls that take wickets. At 70-5 in the 23rd over, an important partnership now developed between the patient Will Paterson (43) and the more aggressive approach of Twyford skipper Nick Moreland (32). This pair put on 42 in what would prove to be the highest stand of the match, pushing Twyford over 100 before a dramatic cluster of wickets saw the last 5 batsmen being dimissed for just 5 runs, the score moving from 111-5 to 116 all out. The trigger for this collapse was Moreland being bowled by Malc, Raza then mopping up the tail with 3-7 on 1st team debut, including Paterson bowled, with Darbs also coming back into the attack to claim a deserved wicket.

While 116 looked below par, and the 'Parish bowlers had undoubtedly done a good job, Twyford aren't top of the table for nothing and the home side anticipated a stern examination from the Twyford opening attack.

And a stern examination is exactly what they got, one which 'Parish failed miserably! Reidy (6-15) and Ducker (4-16) combined to demolish the batting line up, the score not reaching 50 before 9 wickets had fallen, Darbs, Tom, Raza, Darryl, Richie, Malc, Barney, Bartelli and Max all finding ways to wander back to the pavilion as the procession of disappointed batsmen seemed never ending. Jim, batting at number 7, looked to play in his usual fashion, hitting over and through the covers but, like a student on 1 a pint night, desperately searching for a partner to spend some meaningful time with. Glyn ambled out at number 11 and with nothing else to do for the next half an hour, the final pair had a bit of a net, pressure-free given the match situation and with Reidy and Ducker now out of the attack.

The first batting point came up at 50, then the second at 75... Turkleton finally connected with an attempted drive against young spinner McKenzie to hit a 6 but was otherwise content to play his best shot, the watchful leave, while Jim went about the business of scoring runs at the other end. The score went past 80... they couldn't, could they? Well, as it turns out, no, they couldn't. Just as the Twyford fielders were perhaps getting a little twitchy, the partnership of 38 was ended as Jim was trapped in front by the returning Ducker for a valiant 39, 'Parish all out for 85 and Glyn unbeaten on 11.

Twyford were good value for their win, a decent side who are likely to have too much firepower for many in the division, and they now have a bit of clear water at the top of the table while 'Parish are left needing to get back to winning ways before the inevitable holiday availability issues begin to bite.


Twyford 116 all out (Raza 3-7, Barney 2-26, Glyn 2-28)

Whiteparish 85 all out (JD 39, Glyn 11*)

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